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Arada Giyorgis, Addis Ababa

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#2 of 13 in Historic Sites in Addis Ababa
Admire Belle Epoque architecture at Arada Giyorgis, an octagonal Orthodox cathedral. Built by Italian prisoners in 1896, the cathedral features a relic of St. George which was carried to the battle site. Numerous colorful paintings and mosaics adorn the interior, which served as the coronation site of Emperor Selassie in 1930. A small museum next to the church exhibits diverse regalia such as crowns, crosses, scrolls, and coronation robes. You can take a tour of the museum, which also includes a tour of the cathedral. Put Arada Giyorgis on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Addis Ababa trip itinerary builder tool .
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  • When we came to the cathedral (at around 9:30 on Thursday) there were too many people and we could not even go inside, because local people occupied all doors. Maybe it was a praying time...  more »
  • The Cathedral has a museum attached, visit that first to get a good understanding of the key role of the Church for Ethiopians. Archdeacon Mebratu is a fantastic guide.  more »
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